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Lakers help Lonzo Ball maintain focus as Trump and LaVar feud escalates

By in Press Enterprise on November 20, 2017

By Bill Oram

LOS ANGELES – As the distractions around Lonzo Ball have refused to fade and the headlines become more salacious, Lakers coach Luke Walton has remained committed to helping his point guard maintain focus.

“I don’t know where it gets (to be) too much and how he reacts to it,” Walton said, “but I’ve made a point to talk to him and let him know, whether or not he needs it, that my belief and our team’s belief in him is 100 percent there.”

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On Sunday, it was LaVar Ball vs. Donald Trump. Trump sharply countered Ball’s assertion that the President had little to do with the release of three UCLA basketball players, including his middle son LiAngelo, after they were detained after shoplifting from three stores in China.

Trump tweeted: “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”

The Lakers just can’t avoid the antics and absurdity of LaVar’s sideshow. His cultural relevance is tethered to his son’s success with the Lakers.

Lonzo Ball has struggled in his rookie season. Entering Sunday’s game against Denver, the No. 2 overall draft choice was shooting just 30.8 percent from the field and averaging 8.8 points, 6.8 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Shooting troubles aside, those might seem reasonable numbers for a 20-year-old point guard if not for the attention his father has made sure he receives.

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